Delights in the Festival of Lights

Delights in the Festival of Lights

Today Pos Malaysia hosted the media preview of the Festival Food – Indian. This issue will be released on 17 October 2017. This fits in nicely with the Deepavali celebrations next week. The issue will comprise of the following products:

  1. 60 sen stamp: 150,000 pieces (featuring vadai, muruku, paal kova and payasam)
  2. 80 sen stamp: 130,000 pieces (featuring thosai and idhli)
  3. 90 sen stamp: 100,000 pieces (featuring banana leaf rice)
  4. RM 5 MS: 25,000 pieces (featuring maisur pahku, jillebhi / jalebi, ladhu, nei urundai, gulab, achi muruku, athirasam and muruku)
  5. Blank envelopes: 32,000 pieces
  6. Empty folders: 1,800 pieces

This is the fourth and the last in the Festival Food series.



06 June 2017: Festival Food Series 3 – Malay Food

06 June 2017: Festival Food Series 3 – Malay Food

The response was slower for this issue. As such there were adequate stocks to go around. However, there were more interest in the Reign of the Yang DiPertuan Agong XIV setenant sheets which was released on the same day in a special counter (counter 5). At least 500 sheets were made available in the morning which is more than sufficient. I am unable to verify the quantities for the afternoon as I have left the bureau before noon.

Mr KY Lim from Reign Associates and designer for the Festival Food Series did not disappoint the fans as he arrived at about 09:00 am to start the autograph session.

Of special interest was the release of the banners to promote the next issue, Malaysian Batik, on 20 June 2017.

More on the Malaysian Batik issue in my upcoming post.

Some concordant locations for this issue are: Kajang (satay), Taman Seraya (for Hari Raya) and Sungai Buloh (for the bamboo used for lemang). Melaka Raya is another great match.


Media Preview of the Festival Food Series – Malay Food

Media Preview of the Festival Food Series – Malay Food

The media preview was held in the Philatelic Bureau Headquarters in Dayabumi, Kuala Lumpur on 02 June 2017. The session was well attended by the mainstream media.

This is the third in the series on Festival Food in Malaysia. The quantities issued are:

60 sen: 120,000 pieces (Raya Cake, Kuih Pelita, Jelly (Agar-agar))

80 sen and 90 sen: 100,000 pieces (Ketupat and Satay)

RM 5 Miniature Sheet: 30,000 pieces (Bamboo Sticky Rice (Lemang), Ketupat Palas, Rendang, Serunding)

50 sen empty envelope: 32,000 pieces (Kuih Kapit, Pineapple Tarts (Tat Nenas), Kuih Loyang (also known as Kuih Ros or Kuih Goyang), Kuih Siput, Bahulu, Arab Biscuits (Biskut Arab), Mung Bean Biscuits (Putu Kacang), Rempeyet Crackers (with peanuts and anchovies), Semperit Cookies with Batang Buruk, Kuih Bangkit and Dodol in the centre of the MS)

RM 6.00 empty folder: 1,800 pieces

All prices are before GST.

The folder will feature a die-cut traditional serving hood (tudung saji). As you can see from the picture, it has a good 3-D effect when viewed from a certain angle.

I am heading to the Ramadan Bazaar this evening for another Festival Food – Ramadan Bazaar Food for breaking of fast (berbuka puasa).




Next issue: 06 June 2017 Festival Food – Malay

Next issue: 06 June 2017 Festival Food – Malay

The next issue is planned to be released on 06 June 2017 featuring the third installment of the Festival Food Series. This time the issue will feature Malay Food and it nice coincides with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations at the end of the month.

The issue will comprise of 3 stamps (60 sen, 80 sen and 90 sen), a Miniature Sheet (RM 5.00) and an empty folder (RM 6.00). All prices before GST.

The design will feature:

60 sen: Cake with “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri”, Pelita savoury and jelly

80 sen: Satay and Ketupat

90 sen: Lemang, Ketupat Palas, Rendang and Serunding

RM 5.00 (MS): Various savouries and cookies in a serving tray

Stay tuned for the official images.


Yesterday’s Feast

Yesterday’s Feast

Yesterday saw the release of the second Festival Food Series stamps. The turn out was lower than Series 1.

The design is still attractive and there is a consistent look and feel. Characteristics: (1) a buffet spread what makes a nice joined design, (2) basically a round shaped MS and (3) a special die-cut empty folder with a food cover locally called a “tudung saji”. The designer is Mr KY Lim from Reign Associates. He came early as usual to start the autograph session. This time more collectors brought the older issues designed by Mr KY Lim to be autographed.

I am looking forward to Series 3 and Series 4 coming out later this year. A full set of 4 MS will look great in my album.

Meanwhile, I was off to look for bamboo for Manuk Pansuh (Chicken cooked in Bamboo). Hint:

There is one other match for the Kadazandusun. The adventure took me deep into the Felda Estates. The interesting thing is that this is the first mini post office with a sorting and delivery section!

How was the response in your place?





Eastern Feast: Festival Food Series – Kadazandusun and Dayak

Eastern Feast: Festival Food Series – Kadazandusun and Dayak

Pos Malaysia will bring us to East Malaysia for the next Festival Food Series. This is the second in the Festival Food Series. The first Festival Food issue featured Chinese Festival Food. This issue will feature some of the food in the Kaamatan (Harvest) Festival celebrated in Sabah and Gawai Festival in Sarawak.

The stamps and miniature sheet will feature the following cuisine (local names followed by rough translation in English). I have loosely used “Cake” as a translation for “Kuih” which is actually a local savoury pastry snack.

60 sen: Tuak (Rice Wine – Sarawak) / Lihing (Tapioca Wine – Sabah), Kek Lapis (Layer Cake), Tapai Pulut (Fermented Rice) and Kuih Jala (Net Cake)

80 sen: Ambuyat (Sticky Sago – Sabah) / Linut (similar to ambuyat and attributed to Melanau, Sarawak) – note: Ambuyat is usually attributed to Brunei local food

90 sen: Manuk Pansuh (Chicken cooked in bamboo) and Hinava (Raw Fish Salad of Kadazandusun, Sabah) / Umai (similar to Hinava and attributed to Melanau, Sarawak)

RM 5.00 MS: Kuih Penganan (delicacy in Sarawak), Kek Sarang Semut (Ant Nest Cake – Sarawak), Kuih Deran (Cake from Sarawak), Kuih Jala (Net Cake), Kuih Ros (Rose Cake), Kuih Lapis Pelangi (Rainbow Layer Cake) and Kek Lapis (Layer Cake) shown in the center of the MS

If you view the Borneo Island as a whole, it is very hard to separate the cuisine. There are local differences however there will also be similarities. Just enjoy the food and the stamps!

As usual an empty folder will also be on sale.

Here is the media preview.

The quantities issued are:

60 sen: 100,000 pieces

80 sen: 80,000 pieces

90 sen: 80,000 pieces

RM 5.00 : 25,000 pieces

Empty envelopes: 30,000 pieces

Empty folders: 1,500 pieces

Come join us for the next feast! Make a date on 16 March 2017. Your table is reserved!